These Things We Write That Your Joy May Be Complete

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Tim 1:15). Jesus is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him (Heb 7:25). Who are these sinners who draw near to Him (Heb 4:16; 10:22)? They are His elect people (Mt 1:21; Eph 1:4–5), who are called by His name (2 Chr 7:14), which is blessed and exalted (Neh 9:5) above every name that is named (Eph 1:21).

There is no savior besides the Lord God (Hos 13:4). Indeed, He is the Savior of the world (Jn 4:42), born in the city of David (Lk 2:11), born of a woman, under the Law (Gal 4:4). God has brought Israel a Savior, Jesus (Acts 13:23). He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand, as Prince and Savior, to grant repentance to Israel and the forgiveness of sins (Acts 5:31; 11:18).

Israel is not only the name of Messiah (Is 49:3), but it is the name given to all His gathered people from every nation, tribe, and tongue (Is 49:6; Rev 5:9; 7:9). The Israel of God is Christ’s church (Gal 6:16), in all generations and through all eternity. Our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13), saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5–6).

It is the Holy Spirit sent from God (Jn 14:26; 15:26), who washes with water, by the Word (Eph 5:26). The unclean are made clean. The unjust are justified (Rom 3:24, 28; 5:1, 9). The ungodly are made to be holy (1 Thess 4:3; 1 Pet 1:15–16). The enemies of God are reconciled to Him and made to be at peace with God (Rom 5:10; 2 Cor 5:19).

This peace is realized through the one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus (1 Tim 2:5). He is the One who lived without sin (Heb 4:15), and offered Himself to God (Heb 9:14), as the unblemished Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the whole world (Jn 1:29). He laid down His life for His sheep (Jn 10:11, 15) and propitiated the righteous wrath of God against them (1 Jn 2:2).

Having been transferred to the kingdom of God’s beloved Son (Col 1:13), redeemed Israel now walks by the Spirit (Eph 5:25). This is a walk of faith (2 Cor 5:7; Gal 2:20), whereby the indwelling Spirit is willing and working (Rom 8:9, 11; Phil 2:13; 2 Tim 1:14), to accomplish what concerns God’s people (Ps 57:2; 138:8), according to His good pleasure and purpose (Is 46:10).

The Lord made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil (Prv 16:4). God’s purpose was predestined to occur (Acts 4:28), according to His predetermined plan and foreknowledge (Acts 2:23). The whole purpose of God, declared to all people (Acts 20:27), is that which He purposed in Christ Jesus (Eph 1:9, 11), and granted to us by His grace in Christ from all eternity (Eph 3:11; 2 Tim 1:9).

So great is the salvation of our God that it transforms the vilest of sinful men (Rom 12:2), conforming them into the image of God’s only begotten Son (Jn 3:16; Rom 8:29). These are sanctified, that is, set apart to be made holy by the Spirit of truth and the Word of truth (Jn 16:13; Jn 17:17).

It is the truth that sets the captives free from slavery to sin (Jn 8:32, 36; Rom 6:6, 16–20) and the fear of death (Heb 2:15). For it is appointed once for a man to die, and then comes the judgment (Heb 9:27), and all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Cor 5:10) — that great white throne (Rev 20:11), where every work done in the flesh and every idle word is judged in righteousness, on the day God has fixed (Acts 17:31).

The world is already condemned (Jn 3:18), but there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:1). Those who are in the Lord belong to the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 3:23). He bought them for a price (1 Cor 6:20; 7:23), which was His precious blood shed on the cross of Calvary (1 Pet 1:19), where He atoned for sin, bearing our sin in His body (1 Pet 2:24).

God accepted this substitutionary sacrifice on our behalf (2 Cor 5:21), demonstrated by God raising Jesus from the dead (Acts 17:31). He has exalted Jesus to the highest place (Phil 2:9), at the center of the throne of God (Rev 7:17), at the right hand of Majesty (Heb 1:3; 8:11), giving Him all authority in heaven and on earth (Mt 28:18), to rule and reign over all, as the Lord of all (Acts 10:36).

Friend, this Jesus is coming again in final judgment on the last day of human history, at the consummation of the ages (Mt 24–25; Mk 13; Lk 21). He is coming with His saints and angels, in great glory and incomparable power (Mt 24:10). He will destroy His enemies with the vengeance of God (Rom 12:19; Rev 19:11–21), and rescue His people for whom He has prepared a place in glory (Jn 14:2–3; Rev 21–22).

It is essential for you to recognize the goodness and the severity of God (Rom 11:22), in the matters of sin and salvation. To know Him is your salvation, and only by His grace are you saved (Eph 2:8–9), from the wrath to come (Mt 3:7; Lk 3:7; 1 Thess 1:10).

Christian, you must prepare today for the great and awful Day of the Lord (1 Thess 4–5). You must set your mind on the things of the Spirit (Rom 8:5–6), the things of heaven above (Col 3:2), where Christ is seated, and where you have your place in His presence (Eph 2:6). Call upon the name of the Lord this day and every day, praying without ceasing, giving thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you (1 Thess 5:17–18).

He has begun His good work in you (Phil 1:6). He is working in you, today, and He will finish His work, as the author and perfecter of the faith He has granted you (Phil 1:29; Heb 12:2), as a gift of His grace purposed in Christ (Eph 2:8–9; 2 Tim 1:9). In all these things, rejoice, and again I say “rejoice!” for He is near us, even in us, to bring glory to Himself, through vessels of mercy He is preparing for glory (Rom 9:23).

For from Him, through Him, and to Him are all these things (Rom 11:36), and we can only marvel to think of them, which is my purpose in writing to you, today. All His best to you, in Christ Jesus — our God, our Savior, and our Lord, from this day forth and forever. Amen.

David Norczyk

Spokane Valley, Washington

November 30. 2022


Some random theologian out West somewhere, Christian writer, preacher

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David Norczyk

Some random theologian out West somewhere, Christian writer, preacher